from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The stalk of a pistil.
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- n. The stalk of a pistil
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pedicel raising the pistil or ovary above the stamens, as in the passion flower.
- n. One of the branches bearing the female gonophores, in certain Siphonophora.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, an elongation or internode of the receptacle of a flower, bearing the gynœcium, as the stipe of a pod in some Cruciferæ and Capparidaceæ.
- n. In Hydrozoa, the branch of a gonoblastidium which bears female gonophores, or those reproductive receptacles or generative buds which contain ova only, as distinguished from male gonophores or androphores. See cut under gonoblastidium.
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- n. the stalk of a pistil that raises it above the receptacle
In ripening the parts separate, and hang divergent from a hair-like prolongation of the receptacle known as the gynophore.
In those plants which present this deviation from the ordinary condition with the greatest frequency, it often happens that the axis is normally more or less prolonged, either between the various whorls of the flower, as in the case of the gynophore, &c., or into the cavity of the carpels, as in the instances of free central placentation.
The pistil was unaffected in some cases, while in some others it was entirely wanting, the gynophore being surmounted by a cup-like involucre, divided into three acutely pointed lobes, each with a midrib; these encircled a series of stalked involucels, as before, and among which were scattered
An occurrence of this nature in _Tacsonia pinnatistipula_, in conjunction with the partial detachment of the stamens from the gynophore, led Karsten to establish a genus which he called
In some varieties of the orange, called by the French "bigarades cornues," the thalamus of the flower, which is usually short, and terminated by a glandular ring-like disc, is prolonged into a little stalk or gynophore, bearing a ring of supernumerary carpels.
All of the parts that are mention in the previous paragraph are placed above the lower section on a unique kind of stalk known as a gynophore.